By Rachel K. Baldwin
Genre: Memoir, Substance Abuse Recovery
If you are born into ineffable darkness, could you even comprehend the light?
Take one-part volatile home life, two-parts haphazard nomadic existence, zero-parts social connection, and shake well. Our protagonist's only constant is unpredictability: that, and the charismatic, fundamentalist hammerings from the pulpit.
But when a sheltered child goes nuclear? Just pray you are FAR from the exclusion zone.
Can a toxic cocktail of compounded trauma, spiritual warfare, and an unfettered nosedive into addiction be overcome? Join Rachel on her passage through the underworld as she searches for the means to reassemble her splintered psyche while wrestling Against Such Things.
Baldwin takes us on a journey throughout Against Such Things that involve pivotal moments in her life. Each representing a fraction of what has led her to become who she is - our experiences, after all, shapes who we become. In the case of this memoir, it is separated into sections that helps the reader go along for the ride in the birth and growth of a person - in all meanings of the words.
Against Such Things was a gripping, page-turning of a read that managed to break my heart, but still left me feeling hopeful. And grateful. Grateful for my own experiences. Grateful to where life has led me. This is truly an inspirational story of heartache, trauma, and recovery.